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NBA trade deadline: Rumors, completed deals, analysis

NBA trade deadline: Rumors, completed deals, analysis

As the trade deadline winds down, big names still remain on the market. But will they be traded?

The Anthony Davis situation is the most intriguing. He wants the Pelicans to trade him, and the Pelicans are reluctant – for a few reasons. They’re unmoved by the Los Angeles Lakers’ more-than-fair offer, and as they said, they’re going to make a transaction on their own time. Waiting until the summer when more offers might be available is prudent.

And there’s this: Dell Demps is unlikely to be the general manager of the Pelicans next season, so ownership may be waiting until a new GM takes over and make the deal that person feels is best for the franchise moving forward.

In Memphis, the Grizzlies are headed for a rebuild, and that future doesn’t include Mike Conley or Marc Gasol. There’s interest in both, and Charlotte, which is pushing for the playoffs, would like to acquire Gasol. Utah, Indiana, Detroit and Toronto are among the teams that have interest in Conley, but the asking price is high. Plus, Conley is owed $67 million ($32.5 million next season and $34.5 million in 2020-21) over the next two seasons.

Use this page as your one-stop shop for all of the completed deals — plus analysis and the latest rumors — as the NBA’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline approaches.

Note: This story will be updated throughout the day. 

► 12:59 p.m. ET: Frank Kaminsky tweets: “Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow.” What could it mean!?

► 12:10 p.m. ET: Mike Conley says he’ll play anywhere if he’s traded. On the report that he’d rather play in the East: “I don’t know where that came from,” he said.

Notable deals made before Feb. 7

► Kings add Harrison Barnes in trade with Mavericks

Kings get: Harrison Barnes; Mavericks get: Justin Jackson, Zach Randolph 

Analysis: The Mavericks are trying to create salary cap space to go after a quality free agent in the summer, and Jackson is turning into a solid 3-point shooter. The Kings wanted a veteran wing player such as Barnes, who has a player option for 2019-20 and can help the Kings with their playoff push. 

► Wizards trade Otto Porter Jr. to the Bulls

Bulls get: Otto Porter Jr.; Wizards get: Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis, 2023 second-round pick

Analysis: The John Wall injury news prompted the Wizards to shed salary, and Porter is owed $51.7 million over the next two seasons.

► Sixers acquire Harris from Clippers

Clippers get: Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, two first-round picks, two second-round picks; Sixers get: Tobias Harris, Mike Scott, Boban Marjanovic

Analysis: Rookie Sixers GM Elton Brand swung for the fences by adding Harris, who immediately gives Philadelphia one of the best starting lineups in the NBA.

► Mavs land a unicorn

Knicks get: Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, two first-round picks; Mavericks get: Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, Courtney Lee

Analysis: Knicks get salary cap space for two max players, while the Mavs get to pair Porzingis with rookie sensation Luka Doncic.

 

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